A rare 'Clair-De-Lune'-glazed 'Apple' jar, pingguo zun, Mark and period of Kangxi. Photo: Sotheby's.
of compressed globular form, elegantly potted with generous rounded sides rising from a concave base to an incurved mouthrim recessed into the shoulder, applied overall with a pale lavender-blue glaze, save for the base left white and inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark written in three lines; height 6.5 cm., 2 1/2 in. Estimate 400,000-600,000 HKD. Lot Sold: 500,000 HKD
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26th October 2003, lot 64.
Compare four clair-de-lune waterpots of this form, from the Widener collection, preserved in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., published in Virginia Bower et al., The Collections of the National Gallery of Art. Systematic Catalogue: Decorative Arts, part 2: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings; Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets, Washington, D.C., 1998, pp. 93-7; one in the Shanghai Museum, is illustrated in Wang Qingzheng, ed., Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 216; one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 240; and one in the Baur Collection, Geneva, in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva, 1999, vol. 2, pl. 178. Another example from the Meiyintang collection was sold in these rooms 8th April 2013, lot 1.
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